In my previous blog I mentioned that “if there’s one mathematical constant that reigns supreme in the heady world of statistics, it’s Pi”. But what about that other mathematical constant, Euler’s Number, e? I don’t think statistics would have advanced very far without e. Well in fact Pi, e and the square root of -1, denoted by i, share a special bond, known as Euler’s Identity:
Many mathematicians consider Euler’s Identity to be the most beautiful equation of all time. And I have to admit it sends tingles down my spine too. I also get the same sensation when I see fractals, or Einstein’s famous proof of the equivalence of mass and energy, E=mc2.
I must be some nerd.